Facing the newly-crowned world champions in their own backyard is never the ideal way to start you European Championship qualifying campaign.
Or is it?
Scotland head to Germany as 11/1 outsiders to make a winning start to life in Group D, with the hosts a microscopic 17/100 for the laurels – even the draw is a 13/2 bet.
Joachim Low remains in possession of the kind of talent Scotland boss Gordon Strachan can currently only dream of.
Yet there couldn’t be a better time to play the Weltmeisters, or back their visitors at 15/4 in the double-chance market.
Post World Cup international retirements have robbed the Germans of stalwarts Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Miroslav Klose.
Meanwhile midfield maestro Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose mid-tournament return revitalised his side in Brazil, is out injured, as are centre-halves Shkodran Mustafi and Mats Hummels.
Furthermore, would-be members of Low’s defensive middle band Ilkay Gundogan and Lars Bender remain sidelined.
It all adds up to a potentially penetrable rearguard that Argentina had little trouble exploiting in the sides’ midweek friendly.
The Germany side that were flayed 4-2 in Dusseldorf was something of a patchwork, but while Jerome Boateng may come in for the clash, it’s hard to imagine them being sufficiently reinforced to stop Scotland crafting chances.
That’s before the Scots’ improved performances under the former Celtic boss are factored into the equation.
It’s now six games since they last tasted defeat in international football.
Meanwhile playing against the biggest sausages in the European frying pan has brought the best out the descendants of ‘Wee Jinky’ in recent years.
James McFadden downed France in the land of Brie and Bordeaux back in 2007, while Italy were tormented on the road to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
They even gave Spain a bloody nose at La Furia Roja’s pomp when going down 2-3 on home soil in 2010, so a Germany side in transition have every reason to be wary.